National Juried Art Exhibition Open Now

Published on February 07, 2020

The next segment in the Chautauqua Lecture Series features the annual National Juried Art Exhibition based on the theme of Balance and Resistance. The event is organized by Giles Gallery curator, Esther Randall who selects the juror and manages the submission process. This year’s juror is Garry Bibbs of the University of Kentucky. The exhibition is located in Giles Art Gallery of the Campbell Building from January 21 to February 14. The exhibition is open now. 

Jurors typically select 50-70 works in all media as finalists for the exhibition and award merit prizes and monetary awards for the top three (or more) entries.

Bibbs, Associate Professor and Head of the Sculpture Area in Art Studio, has been teaching and creating art for U.K. for over 24 years. 

He graduated from Kentucky State University with a B.S. degree with honors in Arts Studio. Shortly after, he obtained a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Kentucky and in 1986, received a Ford Postdoctoral Fellowship to study art at the Chicago Art Institute. 

Bibbs has completed over 35 public art commissions across multiple states and over 25 private/ corporate collections. He has been the recipient of multiple prestigious awards including, the Ford Postdoctoral Fellowship from the National Academy of Sciences, the Al Smith award in Sculpture, the Outstanding Kentucky artist award, and the NEA Southern Arts Federation Award for Outstanding Printmaker. 

He is a board member of many committees including, the UK College of Fine Arts, Art in Public Places Committee, ISC Appointed Marketing Committee, the Lexington Urban County Government – Art in Public Places Committee, and the African – American Forum of Lexington, KY.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Art and Design and the Giles Gallery.

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